Packers could clinch NFC North on Sunday

November, 28, 2011
11/28/11
10:55
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With help from our worldwide array of tiebreaking experts, I can bring you this playoff scenario: The Green Bay Packers can clinch the NFC North this weekend with a victory at the New York Giants and a loss by the Detroit Lions, who play at the New Orleans Saints.

In that scenario, the Packers would improve to 12-0, making it impossible for the Lions at 7-5 to catch them. And even if the Packers lost their remaining games, they would hold a tiebreaker advantage over the Chicago Bears if both teams finished the season 12-4. (Details for the curious: None of the first three tiebreakers -- head-to-head, division record and common opponents -- would settle the tie. It would be decided on conference record, which the Packers would win with a one-game advantage.)

I realize there hasn't been much drama in the NFC North race this season. It's appeared for some time that the Packers were on the way to their first division title since 2007. But for those who need order and planning in their lives, be aware it could occur officially as early as Sunday night.

(Hat tips to @QuarterRoy00, Tom Fanning of the Packers public relations department and the Elias Sports Bureau.)

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